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Hélène Biandudi Hofer

Need to Know Host

Hélène Biandudi Hofer is host and producer of WXXI TV's Need to Know, an award-winning, half-hour weekly news and public affairs program. Hélène joined the station in September 2010 as the host of All Things Considered.

Before moving to Rochester, Hélène worked at the CBS Primetime show 48 Hours Mystery in New York City. While at CBS she contributed to several documentary specials for the network including the tragedy at Virginia Tech, the tribute to news icon Walter Cronkite, the inauguration of Barack Obama and the CBS/VOGUE Fashion’s Night Out program.

Hélène is a graduate of New York University’s Broadcast Journalism program. After graduation, she returned to her hometown, Columbus, Ohio, where she worked as an associate producer for WBNS-TV.

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President Donald Trump has said there’s much work to be done in our nation, and he’s wasted little time jumping in and rolling up his sleeves. From signing off on a controversial immigration policy, withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, clearing the way for two oil pipelines to be constructed and making plans for his much-discussed US-mexico border wall - the 45th President is using the power of executive orders to deliver on some of his campaign promises. 

Those quick actions are drawing mixed reactions. On this edition of Need to Know we’ll hear from local Republican leaders on the President’s first two weeks in office.

On this edition of Need to Know, A new supreme court nominee, changes in immigration policy, and a hiring freeze in the federal government. It’s been a busy first two weeks in office for President Donald Trump. Area Republican leaders join this edition of Need to Know to share their thoughts on the Trump presidency thus far.

Watch Need to Know with host Hélène Biandudi Hofer Thursdays at 8pm on WXXI-TV, Channel 21.1 and Cable 11 or 1221.

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With 10 minutes left to go in his private session at CP Rochester, a little boy took the hand of physical therapist, Karen Terp, and led her to the hallway for an afternoon stroll.

“You want to walk? Ok,” Terp said.

It was Pablo Picasso who said “Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” So to what degree can art heal, bring peace and lead to recovery in particular for those battling mental health disabilities? On this edition of Need to Know we learn about the impact of creative arts and other forms of therapy and treatment for mental illness.

The college and career conversation is a big deal for young people leaving high school. For individuals with intellectual disabilities, there was a point in time when such conversations didn’t happen. However, gains are being made in part because of the Higher Education Opportunity Act and because of parents and advocacy groups fighting for better access to postsecondary education. Now, there are more than 200 programs on college campuses around the United States, including a handful in Rochester, making the transition from high school to college and career possible for this demographic.

On this edition of Need to Know, the college and career conversation is a big deal for young people leaving high school but for individuals with intellectual disabilities, there was a point in time when such conversations didn’t happen. However, gains are being made in part because of the Higher Education Opportunity Act and because of parents and advocacy groups fighting for better access to postsecondary education.

Watch Need to Know with host Hélène Biandudi Hofer Thursdays at 8pm on WXXI-TV, Channel 21.1 and Cable 11 or 1221.

The fight for Mayor of the City of Rochester is on. Former Police Chief and Monroe County legislator, James Sheppard, is the first to officially throw his hat into the ring. Need to Know’s Hélène Biandudi Hofer spoke with Sheppard this week to learn why he believes now more than ever is his time to run. He also shares what he’ll bring to the city that he says we have yet to see with our current administration.

This is the first of several interviews on Need to Know for the 2017 Mayoral race in Rochester.

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Roadside billboards are going up around the country this month featuring the face of a Rochester child. Her name is Brook Stagles. Police say the 3-year-old who died late last year was the victim of a homicide. Her father and his girlfriend have been charged in her death. It’s the grandfather of Brook Stagles who is putting the billboards up to raise awareness around child abuse. He has told local media outlets that Child Protective Services was notified about Brook’s situation weeks before her death. But it’s no secret that CPS workers have more cases than they can handle and the numbers are only going up.

On this edition of Need to Know we’ll learn why is this happening, how is this happening, and realistically what can be done to help fix it.

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